I know this post will not be pleasant to read, but I really do need help. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I currently have 2 dogs, 1 mutt (Mickey, 14 y/o, 35lbs) and 1 toy poodle (1yr old). My husband and I live in a 800sqf apartment. A year ago, this didn't post any problem. yes, it was tight, not much space, but we were ok with it. Although my husband doesn't like Mickey due to many reasonable reasons. We did fights over Mickey some times, had conflicts, ect..
But now, Mickey has been the main reason of our stress at home. Here's why:
*he's not able to control his bladder or bowl as good as before. He pee almost everyday in the house. I walk him before I go to work, when I get home, after dinner, and before bed. But this doesn't help. he pee in his crate, in the middle of living room infront of us, anywhere he wants. Sometime he pee on my feet while I was cooking. He's a big dog so his pee is quite a work. My husband work long hours, so when he gets home, he spend is hours at home being angry at mickey. I was patient before but I can't hold much anymore.
*he lost his memory or doesn't listen ( I dont' know which one). We only want him to do simple things, like do not go in the kitchen when I cook (due to him peeing on my feet so many times). But he keeps going in the kitchen, even if we push him away, scold him, spank him, whatever we do...he would turn away from the kitchen, walk a few steps and walk back to the kitchen. This really stressing me out. I would like him to be out of his crate when we're home, but sometimes we have to let him back to his crate. I feel so bad about this.
*he always want to bite, eat something. He's always right infront of my knee, trying to see if I have anything for him to eat. I can't walk a full step because he's always right there. I tripped several times becuase of this. He even bit my hands thinking there was something in my hand to eat. This is really annoying.
*he knocks off his water bow and food bow whenever he eats/drink. I think this is due to poor eyesight.
*he always breath on us...ALWAYS... right infront of us. When we eat, he's right there few inches away from our food, breathing on us. When we watch TV he's right there breathing on us. We tried to get him to give us distance but nothign work. He doesn't listen or has no memory of whatever.
*he shed so much..really a lot. I weep the floor almost every 2 days but still so much fur flying around.
These problems are very stressful to us.. Especially now that I just found out I'm 2 months pregnant, and that we're living in a small apartment for another 2 years (due to my husband job location), I don't know what I need to do. When the baby comes, the baby will not have much space. Given that Mickey is stressing us out so much like this, what do we need to do as we're getting ready for our baby?
Everytime I think of giving him up, it breaks my heart. But this situation post many dangers for my baby, and causes so much stress and conflicts btw my husband and I. What should I do? please help.